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Ike Leggett, Jeb Bush Among Scheduled Guest for Hogan Inauguration

ANNAPOLIS — More than 2,200 people are expected to attend Wednesday’s inauguration in Maryland’s state capitol, the Maryland governor’s press office said.

Because the outdoor inauguration ceremonies are open to the public, more may venture out to Annapolis.

Some of the activities taking place include a private prayer breakfast, a 10-formation military flyover and a public reception where attendees can greet Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford inside the State House.

Two major guests will also be present: former Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Leggett, one of the most prominent Maryland Democrats and Black political leaders in the state, will deliver welcoming remarks during the afternoon ceremony on the East Lawn outside the State House.

Although Leggett endorsed former NAACP President Ben Jealous during last year’s gubernatorial election, he didn’t campaign against Hogan.

Bush will introduce Hogan, who credited the brother of former President George W. Bush as a person who “championed major reform of government, in areas of ranging from health care and environmental protection to civil service and tax reform.”

The two men, whose fathers served in Congress together more than four decades ago, are recognized as Republican leaders who’ve criticized the national politics of the Trump administration.

Hogan and Rutherford will be sworn in inside the Senate chambers, but will address the crowd outside. Other parts of the ceremony will feature Hogan’s eldest granddaughter, Daniella Velez, who will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Rutherford’s daughters, Kristen and Lauren, will introduce their father.

On Wednesday night, an inaugural gala will take place at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill. Hogan grew up in nearby Landover.

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